Andrew W. Mellon Foundation PG Scholarships in South Africa 2021

The Rhodes University in South Africa offers the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Masters & Doctoral Scholarships in History, Memory and Trauma in African Fiction in 2021

The focus of Dr Thando Njovane’s project is History, Memory and Trauma in African Fiction. Working within this interdisciplinary lens, the project investigates how works of fiction may help us theorise trauma, history and memory from an African perspective. This may include comparative studies with other postcolonial, post-conflict and/or African-American fictions in which questions of race and/or embodiment feature prominently.

Masters and PhD candidates interested in interdisciplinary research which examines the relationship between fiction and any combination of the central concepts (history, memory and trauma) are invited to apply

Worth of Award

  • MA scholarship (two years): R105 000.00 per annum
  • PhD scholarship (three years): R135 000.00 per annum


  • Preference will be given to designated groups
  • Requirements: Honours degree in English literature/Literary Studies for MA applicants, and MA in English literature/Literary Studies for PhD applicants (candidates must have studied or show a keen interest in African literature or comparative postcolonial literatures).
  • Candidates may select to work on either the short story, novels or poetry.
  • Applicants must be South African citizens and resident in South Africa.
  • For enquiries contact [email protected] or [email protected]

How to Apply

Applicants need to send:

  • a brief research proposal (1000 words);
  • CV with academic record; and
  • a recent sample of academic writing to  [email protected]

Deadline: Closing Date for Applications: October 31, 2020.  Candidates will be shortlisted for a brief interview and must be available to commence full-time study in February 2021.

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